Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' tops the charts...again

Taylorswift_lIt’s starting to feel like deja vu every time I write these words: Taylor Swift’s Fearless is the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week. This is her 10th non-consecutive week in the top spot, the most any album has racked up since Santana’s music-revolution-sparking Supernatural lasted 12 weeks 10 years ago. (Remember that?) Part of the explanation for Swift’s success has to do with ever-declining CD sales trends. She only had to move a relatively tepid 62,000 copies this week to get to No. 1. But there’s no denying that Ms. Swift is as close to a major young pop star as you get in 2009. What’s more, she’s done it without the benefit of the Disney or American Idol machines — she’s a textbook-definition indie rocker, like it or not, and people buy her CDs because she writes tight, catchy tunes that they can relate to. (I’m not ashamed to admit that "Love Story" is a jam, despite the comically off-base literary references and the sorta-creepy final verse about teenagers getting married.) Not bad at all for a 19-year-old.

There were a few other notable entries on this week’s albums chart. Coming in at No. 2 with 58,000 sold was Charlie Wilson — not the guy with the war, the Gap Band singer who’s pals with Snoop Dogg. Lady GaGa jumped up to No. 10, her highest showing yet, with 32,000. And Morrissey’s Years of Refusal landed at No. 11.

So let’s hear it. What do you think about Taylor Swift’s apparently unstoppable chart reign, or any of those other sales results?

More on Taylor Swift:
Review: ‘Fearless’
She was one of EW’s best-dressed Grammy attendees this year
EW profiled her last year…
…and chatted with her back in ’07
How much do you love her "Love Story" video?

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  • Sara

    I like Taylor Swift. She’s a talented writer (her lyrics definitely have a “teen” vibe, but they show promise), she rocks out on guitar and she’s got a good voice (as opposed to Miley, her Grammy duet-partner, who sounded just awful). So good for her!

  • amy

    I don’t see how you need to stick to the literary references in writing a song.
    Songwriting is a creative-writing process but not turning a literary text into a song with a summary.
    so the all those fairy tales and folk tales are comical then? There are different variations out there with different twists and turns.
    Plus can there be a boy and a girl called Romeo and Juliet out there? but not Shakespeare related? any boy can called romeo and so can any girl. So if Taylor named the character Joseph and Mary, that means she based the story on the biblical references?!
    People are sometimes just stupid and narrow-minded and only think in a superficial way!

  • meg

    I feel Kelly Clarkson or U2 will take her down, but Taylor has won even me over and I’m not into country or her target demographic.

  • meg

    Also, you cannot use the names Romeo and Juliet without invoking Shakespeare, and I don’t think the author was really holding the inaccuracies against her.

  • cthemusic

    Taylor Swift’s reign will end next week with the Jonas Brothers debuting at #1 with their Live concert CD. Then the following week the Jonas Bros. will eat dust when “No Line On The Horizon” from U2 debuts at #1.

  • Elizabeth

    Good for her, although with U2 next week, and Kelly Clarkson the week after, it might not be so easy.
    Nice, simple music isn’t bad thing. Its nice to see her succeed.

  • ray

    She writes okay, I just wish someone would teach her how to sing.

  • L*

    Indie Rocker? That’s a joke right? I like Taylor Swift, and I’m not a teen, but come on, girl can write a mushy ballad well, but her vocal pipes are mediocre like the rest.
    Not apart of the Disney train? So being in the Jonas Brothers new 3-D movie isn’t part of the machine? Really? Plus she yapped about dating one of them (I forget which one, the least fug one I think), and took advantage of that situation.
    Indie Rocker? Hi-larious.

  • liz

    She has the best publicist on God’s green Earth. She’s okay – I find her lyrics pretty weak and voice weaker but am willing to make concessions where there is raw talent and merit (I love the Jonas Brothers), but her success is really more due to her Barbie-come-to-life appearance and act. And the extent of it sort of mystifies me.
    The awful literary and princess references are, indeed, way too much for me, personally. I guess she didn’t make it to the end of “Romeo & Juliet”?

  • mray

    Serious question. Does anyone over 21 buy her albums??

  • Del

    Go Taylor! She is kicking butt on the charts right now. I do think U2 and Kelly Clarkson will spoil her run though. But she rulez!

  • Robbie

    Yeah she’s young at 19, but when you consider other major stars that debuted around her age, like Mariah Carey, for example, and her age doesn’t seem like a big deal. I think it’s because she acts and carries herself like a far younger teen (which is what turns me off to her) is what makes her “young” age seem notable.

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  • cj

    We 40-somethings like her!! She makes us feel young again. ;)

  • NaturalGuard

    L* If you would have actually read this article you would have seen that it said that she did not “Benefit” from Disney or American Idol. All her success has come come from her own hard work. So she has a part in some new Disney movie? that’s not the reason her CD is #1. And I’m not sure what your point is talking about her “yapping” about her ex. She was upset and she wanted to get the last word. That’s just who she is. Again, not the reason she is famous and successful. So i think she is quite the indie rocker.

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